Library Journal says...
"Combines a lushly portrayed, exotic setting with an in-depth portrait of the complex mix of cultures, races, and divided loyalties that defined Gulf Coast residents in the 18th century."
Romantic Times Book Reviews says...
Lyse and Rafael have an instant rapport that will keep readers interested. White skillfully includes thoughtful questions and concerns about Christian approval of slavery, along with the difficulties presented when politics threaten to tear families apart, without turning a charming story into a history lesson.
The Creole Princess
All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter--though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie--and somehow keep Lyse's family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.
Gulf Coast Chronicles #2
Congregational Libraries Today says...
The Revolutionary War, slavery, discord within families and enmity between families of different nationalities provide the struggles facing the characters in Beth White’s The Creole Princess.
Mobile, Alabama is still under British control in the late 1770’s. Lyse Lanier is Creole but, as her last name suggests, she is of French heritage. She is free and her best friend is the daughter of the British officer in charge of the city. Lyse has a sister who is a slave for a couple, who have a long-standing hatred of the Laniers. One day, when Lyse is down at the docks, a young Spanish merchant arrives just in time to prevent a sailor from assaulting her. Lyse and Rafael Gonzales are attracted to each other. The attraction is complicated by Spain’s indecision about whether to aid the Americans in their struggle for independence or to remain neutral. Clandestine spying and Lyse’s changing opinions regarding the war create lives filled with complications. – Beverly M. Bixler
Louisiana and West Florida 1781